• Milver Reyes, a 15-year veteran of the Pirates organization, was presented Monday with the 2014 Chuck Tanner Award, created in 2011 to recognize a Minor League staffer who reflects the late manager's optimism, work ethic and leadership.
Reyes will be starting his second year as manager of the Gulf Coast League Pirates, and last summer led the Rookie League affiliate to a record of 33-27 and first place in the Northwest Division.
• Phil Irwin took the McKechnie Field mound in the early morning to pitch a little batting practice as a test of the tender elbow that has kept him inactive. No determination has yet been made about his fitness for game duty.
• Jeff Locke was moving freely in the clubhouse, but only said, "I played catch. Felt fine" as an update to the condition of his right side.
"We're still trying to get the inflammation and tightness out of there before we try to move forward," Huntington said, conceding that after extended inactivity Locke would face "a battle against time."
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